The Worst Episodes of Steven Universe: When Gems Lost Their Sparkle

As a die-hard Steven Universe fan, I’ll be the first to admit that not every episode is a gem. (Pun intended.) With so many episodes under its belt, even the best shows can have a few duds in the mix. So, I’ve taken it upon myself to sift through the worst episodes of Steven Universe to save you the trouble. From cringe-worthy musical numbers to forgettable plotlines, these episodes are not worth your precious binge-watching time. So, grab some popcorn and get ready to cringe as we dive into the worst episodes of this beloved gemstone-based series.
Rocknaldo

Rocknaldo

Season 4 – Episode 17

Air Date: 2017-02-24

Ronaldo decides to join the Crystal Gems. However, once Steven lets him join the team, Ronaldo’s self-centered attitude begins to try Steven’s patience.

Joking Victim

Joking Victim

Season 1 – Episode 21

Air Date: 2014-08-28

Steven works at the Big Donut when Lars leaves Sadie with all the work.

Rose's Room

Rose’s Room

Season 1 – Episode 19

Air Date: 2014-05-14

Steven’s desire for some alone time unlocks a new room in the Temple that answers his every wish.

Steven and the Stevens

Steven and the Stevens

Season 1 – Episode 22

Air Date: 2014-09-04

Steven needs a musical partner for an upcoming show, so he uses a time travel device to recruit himself as the perfect bandmate.

House Guest

House Guest

Season 1 – Episode 27

Air Date: 2014-10-02

Left homeless and with a broken leg after the events of the previous episode, Greg stays with Steven and the Gems as a temporary house guest and unintentionally interferes with Steven’s healing powers.

Keep Beach City Weird!

Keep Beach City Weird!

Season 1 – Episode 31

Air Date: 2014-10-30

Steven is taken in by Ronaldo’s conspiracy theories about paranormal occurrences in Beach City.

Restaurant Wars

Restaurant Wars

Season 3 – Episode 12

Air Date: 2016-07-25

Steven settles a rivalry between restaurant owners.

Kiki’s Pizza Delivery Service

Kiki’s Pizza Delivery Service

Season 3 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2016-07-26

Kiki has nightmares and Steven intervenes.

The Zoo

The Zoo

Season 4 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2017-02-01

Steven finds Greg in Pink Diamond’s “Human Zoo”, and tries to look for a way out. This proves easier said than done as the humans there are guided through a strictly scheduled and regimented life

Serious Steven

Serious Steven

Season 1 – Episode 8

Air Date: 2014-01-13

While navigating out of an ancient Gem maze, Steven tries to prove himself worthy to Garnet by being serious.

The New Lars

The New Lars

Season 3 – Episode 10

Air Date: 2016-07-21

Steven gets a new look into Lars’ life.

Tiger Philanthropist

Tiger Philanthropist

Season 4 – Episode 18

Air Date: 2017-03-03

When Amethyst quits wrestling at the abandoned warehouse, Steven continues doing so himself as Tiger Philanthropist. However, Steven soon begins to doubt the point of wrestling when the audience doesn’t take to his new persona.

Onion Trade

Onion Trade

Season 1 – Episode 15

Air Date: 2014-03-17

A toy trade between Steven and Onion escalates into epic proportions.

Onion Gang

Onion Gang

Season 4 – Episode 7

Air Date: 2016-09-15

Steven learns about Onion’s secret group of friends.

Together Breakfast

Together Breakfast

Season 1 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2013-11-11

Steven’s attempt to get the Gems to share his special breakfast tradition lands him on a journey through their ancient Gem temple.

Arcade Mania

Arcade Mania

Season 1 – Episode 11

Air Date: 2014-02-17

Steven takes the Gems on his own kind of adventure by bringing them to the Fun Land Arcade, where Garnet soon becomes enchanted by a dancing game.

Frybo

Frybo

Season 1 – Episode 5

Air Date: 2013-11-18

Steven brings a mascot costume to life with a magic shard owned by Pearl to help his friend Peedee with his job, but it backfires when the mascot goes rogue.

So Many Birthdays

So Many Birthdays

Season 1 – Episode 13

Air Date: 2014-03-03

After learning that the Gems are thousands of years old, Steven decides to make up for all the birthdays they’ve missed.

Secret Team

Secret Team

Season 1 – Episode 29

Air Date: 2014-10-16

After they accidentally pop a bubble containing gem shards, Steven, Amethyst and Pearl form a secret team to retrieve the shards before Garnet finds out.

Barn Mates

Barn Mates

Season 3 – Episode 4

Air Date: 2016-05-26

Steven helps two friends get along at the barn.